PSALM 73

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Psalm 73

A CLASSIC PROBLEM

 

Wicked people prosper.  Righteous people suffer.  “It’s not fair”, we cry, and yet the problem has existed for thousands of years.  Asaph tells of his personal struggle with the issue in this Psalm.

 

A CLOSE CALL – Vss. 1-3

Asaph almost slipped in spite of God’s goodness when he became envious at the prosperity of the wicked.

 

A CONFUSING PERPLEXITY – Vss. 4-14

Asaph describes the condition of the ungodly “who prosper in the world”.

 

A CORRECTED UNDERSTANDING – Vss. 15-20

It was not until Asaph consulted with God in His sanctuary that he began to understand the actual plight of the ungodly.

 

A CONTRITE HEART – Vss. 21-22

He was convicted of his own foolish perspective before he consulted with God.

 

A CONFIDENT CONCLUSION – Vss. 23-28

Asaph shows how good the righteous actually have it.

 

 

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Psalm 73

DEALING WITH INEQUITY

 

Life is not fair!  Those who should be punished seem to be rewarded.  Those who should be rewarded appear to be punished!  This is not a new problem.  Asaph dealt with the same problem in this Psalm.

 

THE PSALMIST'S COMPLAINT ABOUT INEQUITY - Vss. 1-16

Asaph admits that God is good to Israel, but he had almost slipped because of a wrong attitude. Vss. 1-2

Asaph had a problem with the prosperity of the wicked (Vss. 3-12) and the affliction of the righteous (Vss. 13-16).

 

THE PSALMIST'S CHANGE OF ATTITUDE - Vss. 17-20

When Asaph went to the "sanctuary of God" he finally received understanding.

We will understand things better when we bring them to God.

Asaph realized that the ungodly were in a precarious position, and would be judged by God.

This is still true today.  Those without Christ are in danger of eternal punishment (John 3:17-18, Revelation 20:11-15).

 

THE PSALMIST'S CONVICTION OF SIN - Vss. 21-22

Asaph confessed just how foolish he was.

 

THE PSALMIST'S COMPANION FOR LIFE - Vss. 23-25

God is ever present with His children, and the outlook for the future is glorious!

 

THE PSALMIST'S CONFIDENCE IN GOD - Vss. 26-28

 

 

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Psalm 73:24-26

SURVIVAL

 

MY FUTURE - Vs. 24 - Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

 

MY FAITHFULNESS - Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

 

MY FORTIFICATION - My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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